British Columbia Hydro
The former British Columbia Electric Railway operated the largest interurban passenger and freight operation in Canada between Vancouver, New Westminster, Marpole, Steveston and 65 miles up the Fraser Valley to Chilliwack totalling 125 miles. Following the end of passenger rail operations it carried on freight operations under the names British Columbia Hydro (effective 3/30/1962) later, British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority and currently, Southern Railway of British Columbia.
BCH 940 one of four GE 70-tonners acquired new by BCE.
941 has been preserved by WCRA in Squamish. 3/29/2003 Charles Freericks
BCH 942 GE #30373 5/1949 New Westminster March 1983 Mike Coles/Mark Forseille Collection
BCE 900 with original as-built trucks. Note side mounted
double acting brake cylinders.
BCH 900 (ex BCE 900) SW900RS 8-567C 900hp GMD A738 6/1955
901 (ex BCE 901) First of a two unit order. SW900RS GMD
903 (ex BCE 903) first of a second two unit order. SW900RS
GMD A1165 8/1957
904 (ex BCE 904) second unit of second two unit order.
GMD A1166 8/1957
904 eleven years later in new paint scheme for new style
name B.C. Hydro Rail.
905 (ex BCE 905) first of a four unit order, the last
under BCE name. GMD A1476 3/1958
905 New Westminster September 30, 1986 Doug Sanford/Mark
906 in typical badly faded paint.
906 in new paint scheme. New Westminster May 1988 Mark Forseille
908 New Westminster February 16, 1977 Norman Shapland/Mark Forseille Collection
909 at the shop in New Westminster. First unit for BC
Hydro. A one unit order. GMD A2059 6/1964
911 in fresh paint for a change! Last SW900RS (1000 hp)
another one unit order. GMD A2354 3/1969
931 acq. 12/69 (ex Midland Railway of Manitoba 1) SW900
GMD A846 5/1956
931 with temporary Flexicoil trucks. New Westminster April
BCH 151 one of three MP15DC units and the only ones in
Canada. EMD #75626-1 11/1975
B.C. Hydro Rail 151 in new paint scheme. Surrey, BC June 1987 Mark Forseille
152 with old style classification lamps and snow plow
BCH 152 in an interesting scene. That's the North arm
of the Fraser River in the background and one of the few sawmills on Annacis
Island. Note the green barge full of sawdust. The Queensboro Bridge is
at the right that crosses to Annacis Island.
153 with combination pilot. New Westminster Ray Humpries/Mark Forseille Collection
153 New Westminster November 1986 Mark Forseille
381 displaying white flags denoting running extra through
Surrey. Only SD38AC in Canada. EMD #37816 10/1971
Note: These 2000 hp units were a big improvement
over the small SW900RS units on big freight trains.
382 one of three SD38-2 built by EMD #71606-1 12/1972 Surrey Ray Humpries/Mark Forseille Collection
Note: Only seven SD38-2 units in all of Canada. The other four were Northern Alberta.
Classification flags were still in use in January 1987 New Westminster. Mark Forseille
383 Ray Humpries/Mark Forseille Collection
384 Huntingdon Ray Humpries/Mark Forseille Collection
384 New Westminster June 1986 Mark Forseille
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